Hugely popular, free-to-play title to benefit from Chukong/CocoaChina’s expertise in the mobile gaming industry and strong distribution capabilities
BEIJING – Oct. 17, 2012 – Leading international mobile game company, Chukong/CocoaChina, today announced that it has formed a partnership with NEXON Co. Ltd, a pioneer in the world of interactive entertainment, to develop and publish a mobile version of its worldwide hit downloadable game, Dungeon & Fighter, also known as Dungeon Fighter Online to gamers in the West. When ready, Chukong/CocoaChina will publish the game across its platform in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
“We are pleased that NEXON has recognized our leadership and success in the mobile gaming industry,” said Haozhi Chen, Founder and CEO of Chukong/CocoaChina. “We look forward to extending NEXON’s amazingly successful game, Dungeon & Fighter, to our enthusiastic community of mobile gamers across greater China.”
Originally released in 2009, Dungeon & Fighter is a side-scrolling, hack-and-slash game that has amassed over 300 million registered players worldwide. As players fight their way through dungeons, they encounter hoards of enemies and epic boss battles. PvP combat is also available, along with party play and the ability for veteran players to mentor junior (apprentice) players.
Dungeon & Fighter’s significance was acknowledged by Nexon in several of its earning calls that this game’s popularity was often the driving force behind the company’s massive revenues. The game was originally released in Korea as Dungeon & Fighter and in Japan as Arad Senki, before gaining success in the U.S. as Dungeon Fighter Online. In China, the PC version of Dungeon & Fighter was licensed and published by Tencent.
Chukong/CocoaChina was founded in 2008 and has since grown to be a leader in mobile gaming, having launched the Fishing Joy franchise with over 100 million downloads, as well as titles such as Warring States and Drawing Wars.
Founded in 2008, Chukong/CocoaChina is the first and largest Chinese developer platform dedicated to mobile game development. CocoaChina began as a forum for Chinese iOS developers and now operates under the umbrella of Chukong Technologies. PunchBox Studios, which also operates under Chukong Technologies, was created by the same team behind Chukong/CocoaChina to help developers create, monetize, localize, and distribute their mobile games globally. Headquartered in Beijing, China, CocoaChina also has offices in Sunnyvale, California and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.chukong-inc.com/.
NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) is a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games. Founded in Korea in 1994, Nexon developed one of the world’s first graphics-based massively multiplayer online games. Nexon also pioneered the concept of microtransactions in the free-to-play business model, setting a new standard in which play is free, and users have the option to purchase in-game items to enhance their experience. Nexon currently services more than 60 online games in more than 100 countries and since its founding, Nexon has generated more than 1.3 billion player registrations. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Molly Gerth, TriplePoint for CocoaChina